The lawsuit, which claimed that Linville "engaged in unlawful retaliation and discrimination" when he terminated Ms. Donoho's employment when he took office in August 2006 was dismissed on June 23, 2008, according to United States District Court papers made available this week.
"The parties hereby stipulate to the dismissal of this matter in its entirety as to all defendants with prejudice" reads the official Stipulation of Dismissal.
The jury trial set for December 16, 2008, and the pretrial conference set for December 8, 2008, are canceled, and the Clerk was directed to close the file.
Jennifer Donoho had served as executive assistant to her father, former County Mayor Glen Harold Donoho. She was not retained as an employee of the mayors office when Linville was elected to succeed Donoho in 2006.
Ms. Donoho had sought monetary damages in the form of back pay compensation and other financial benefits of employment, as well as unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.
Linville and the county's attorney Guy Holliman maintained that employment with Macon County was an "at will" policy, and that Linville and the county had not "discriminated against her in not hiring her" when Linville took office.
The daughter of former mayor Glen Donoho had claimed that Linville had terminated her employment as an administrative assistant because she and her parents had not supported Linville in the 2006 election.
The Stipulation of Dismissal, signed by attorneys for both parties, concludes the case in which papers were filed on October 31, 2007.